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Reconciliation, NAIDOC and Sorry Day Program

At the City of Salisbury, reconciliation is important to us. We have a long history of delivering programs to enhance relationships, respect and opportunities with the Aboriginal community.

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to reflect on the past, current and future relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. This year’s theme Be A Voice for Generations aims to keep up the momentum for change and encourage all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation. In recognition of Reconciliation Week and to show our support for change, the City of Salisbury will be hosting a series of events across Salisbury.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Salisbury’s reconciliation journey continues with the 2019 to 2021 Reconciliation Action Plan; with the Vision “Enhance recognition, relationships and respect for Aboriginal culture to enrich our inclusive community".

Please download our Reconciliation Action Plan.

View the launch of the City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan below.

Acknowledgement protocols

The City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group recommends the following Acknowledgement of Country wording:

The City of Salisbury acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

The Kaurna language translation of this statement is:

City of Salisburyrlu tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka inparrinthi. Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku, Purkarnanti puki-unangku yalaka kuma.Parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampinthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulayinthi.

City of Salisbury Reconciliation Action Plan ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement to Country’ Protocols and Guidelines

These Protocols and Guidelines provide information about the reasons why recognition of Country is important and the process of implementing the protocols within the City of Salisbury.

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

On Wednesday 5 September 2012 a conversation around Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians was held at the John Harvey Gallery. The conversation included a special discussion panel, comprising of the Honourable Robyn Layton, Professor Peter Buckskin, Tony Zappia MP and Khatija Thomas.

Related information

Page image credit: ‘The Meeting Place’ by the following artists at the Pooraka Farm Community Centre: Rosemary Barrie, Maria Gruber, Lorraine Gum, Upasana Srvastava, Sunil Vig, Frank Wanganeen, Gary Zuber.